Brita Sigourney celebrated her 28th birthday on Wednesday during halfpipe skiing qualifying for the Toyota U.S. Grand Prix at Mammoth Mountain in California.
On Friday, she and 2014 Olympic slopestyle medalist Devin Logan then celebrated qualifying for the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.
Sigourney, a Carmel, California native, won the final Olympic qualifying event with a score of 91.20, and Logan finished third with an 83.80 to reach their second podiums of the season and earn their spots on the 2018 U.S. Olympic Team.
Logan and Sigourney join Maddie Bowman of South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, the gold medalist in Sochi, as the three U.S. women to qualify under the objective criteria. Bowman finished second on Friday night with an 89.80 and had already clinched her spot last week. A fourth women's halfpipe skier is expected to be named to the team next week.
Logan, who competes in both halfpipe and slopestyle, will now turn her attention to slopestyle in hopes of qualifying for the team in both events and defending – or improving upon – her silver from Sochi.
The 24-year-old is the only woman trying to make the Olympic team in both disciplines. Four years ago, when both sports made their Olympic debuts, she just missed a spot in halfpipe.
Should the West Dover, Vermont, native qualify in both events, Logan will aim to become the first skier to medal in both halfpipe and slopestyle at the Olympics. She won bronze in halfpipe at the 2017 world championships, proving she is a medal threat in both.
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Sigourney, 28, is on a bit of a tear after finishing second at last week’s Snowmass Grand Prix in Aspen, Colorado.
She’s no stranger to turning it on when it counts the most, either. She suffered a knee injury in 2012 and broke her collarbone and injured a shoulder in 2013 but still rallied to earn her first Olympic berth on her 24th birthday.
Sigourney is also a three-time X Games medalist who landed the first 1080 in competition history. She was sixth at the Winter Olympics in 2014.
Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.